EVOLVE Design Product Support Page

FAQs

  • What are the PC Requirements for EVOLVE Design?
  • What is EVOLVE Design? What can I do with it?
    • Computer Aided Tolerancing software
    • For design engineers working with 3D CAD models
    • Proofs GD&T (GPS) tolerances directly in the model
    • Provides a consistent way to communicate design intent for part tolerances
    • Helps enforce dimensional tolerancing consistency across your design team
  • EVOLVE Design quick introduction video:
  • What are the key features of EVOLVE Design?
    • GD&T (GPS) Proofing – checks the GD&T project according to the chosen standard
    • Explanatory system – highlights potential tolerancing problems and provides recommendations through explanatory systems in the current context
    • Import CAD and PMI from:
      • QIF (Quality Information Framework) – unified XML framework standard for computer-aided quality measurement systems  https://qifstandards.org
      • STEP 242 files
      • SPP – SmartProfile Project file
    • Tolerance stack up distance – calculates the minimum and maximum distances between arbitrary nominal features based on GD&T (GPS) and size tolerances
    • A powerful GD&T (GPS) engine checks the entire model and provides visual notification of tolerance errors and warnings
    • Virtual and resultant condition calculations
    • Point generator – generates virtual parts to perform ”what-if” analysis on a single part
    • Reporting – creates custom graphical reports
  • Which GD&T/GPS standards are supported?
    • ASME Y14.5M – 1994
    • ASME Y14.5 – 2009
    • ISO 1101
  • Are Traditional tolerances supported?
    • Yes, plus-minus distance and angle tolerances can be defined
  • What is the basic workflow?
    • Import CAD model – compatible with various CAD file formats such as STEP, IGES, DXF, and QIF (CAD and PMI)
    • Define GD&T (GPS) tolerances based on standards: ASME Y14.5M – 1994, ASME Y14.5 – 2009, or ISO 1101.
    • Proof the project for GD&T consistencies
    • Generate and export PDF report or save as an EVOLVE project file
  • What is QIF file format?
    • QIF (Quality Information Framework): unified XML framework standard for computer-aided quality measurement systems https://qifstandards.org
    • QIF contains the CAD model with PMI (Product and Manufacturing Information)
  • Can I construct new features based on existing CAD geometries?
    • Yes, EVOLVE Design allows you to construct various types of features using different methods (intersection, projection, etc.)
  • Is it possible to easily replace the CAD model with a newer revision?
    • Yes, it can be simply done with the “CAD Replace” tool. If the CAD model is modified, it can be easily updated in the EVOLVE Design project. No need to create a new project when a CAD model is revised.
  • How do I get technical support for my KOTEM product?
  • How can I report an issue?
    • Send an e-mail to support@kotem.com :
      • Describe the problem you observed
      • Attach the following files if possible:
        • Screenshot of the problem
        • Bug report file (.spbr)
        • EVOLVE Design project file (.edp)
        • CAD model